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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken is the perfect recipe to prepare your chicken ahead of time and easily add it to all kinds of recipes! It’s a great way to meal prep to make dinner time easier during the week!

Shredded Chicken in the slow cooker

I know this recipe may not seem like one you need because it’s so simple… but sometimes I think we need a reminder that dinner doesn’t need to be super complicated.

If dinner stresses you out, do yourself a favor and prepare some shredded chicken to have on hand to put together quick dinners during the week.

Shredded chicken can be stored in an airtight container in your fridge for the week, or I like to make a big batch and freeze it in a ziplock bag for use when I’m all out of dinner ideas!

Can you put raw chicken in the slow cooker?

Raw chicken breasts in a slow cooker with chicken bone broth on it

Yes! You literally take the chicken directly from the package and place it, frozen or thawed, in the slow cooker. This is so simple I promise you can’t mess it up!

How do you make slow cooker shredded chicken?

  • Place chicken in slow cooker
  • Add chicken broth. I prefer bone broth but regular broth works as well
  • Cover slow cooker with lid
  • Cook for 4-6 hours on low, or 2-4 hours on high
  • Chicken should be cooked to 165 degrees for food safety
  • Shred and enjoy!

Should I use chicken broth or chicken bone broth?

A measuring cup with chicken bone broth in it with a box of bone broth next to it.

You can use either, but I’m going to strongly suggest you try this recipe with chicken bone broth. Using bone broth makes this chicken much richer in flavor and juicy. I prefer to make mine with bone broth but will use chicken broth if that’s all I have on hand.

How do you shred chicken?

Take the cooked chicken breasts and place them either on a cutting board or a plate and use 2 forks and gently pull apart the chicken. It should shred very easily. If it is tough you may have overdone it, or if it’s still pink and hard to shred, it’s not cooked fully yet so place back in slow cooker and allow to cook until fully done.

A woman shredding chicken with 2 forks in a slow cooker

You can also use a KitchenAid Mixer to shred your chicken. You just put the cooked chicken breasts in the bowl and use the flat paddle attachment. Mix on low until chicken is shredded. This does not take long!

Do not over shred if you use the KitchenAid Mixer. Been there done that and I’ve ruined the chicken! Keep a close eye on it as you do it. This is a very quick way to shred chicken though so don’t rule it out if you make large batches of shredded chicken!

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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Two ingredients is all you need to have tender and juicy shredded chicken to use in a variety of recipes!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 5 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 6 cups
Calories 270 kcal


  • Slow Cooker


  • 3 lbs chicken breasts raw
  • 2 cups chicken bone broth


  • Place chicken and broth in a slow cooker.
  • Put lid on slow cooker then cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-4 hours.
  • Internal temperature of chicken should be 165 degrees fahrenhiet when done.


-You can use chicken broth instead of bone broth if you prefer.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 270kcalProtein: 51gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 293mgPotassium: 839mgVitamin A: 68IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
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